David Legg, PhD


Academic Title: Professor 



PhD, University of Alberta

MHK, University of Windsor

BPE, McMaster University


Contact Information

Email: dlegg@mtroyal.ca

Phone: 403.440.6495


David Legg is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical and Health at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He is the Past President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and past board member for the 2015 Pan Parapan American Games in Toronto. David has also served on the International Paralympic Committee’s Sport Science Committee and is incoming President of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity. More recently as a consultant, David worked with the Calgary BidCo for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Area of Instruction

Sport Management

Adapted Physical Activity


Areas of Scholarship

Sport Management

Paralympic Sport

Games Legacy


Selected Publications

Misener, L., McPherson, G., McGillivray, D. & Legg, D. (2019). Leveraging Disability Sport Events: Impacts, Promises, and Possibilities, Routledge.

Legg, D. & K. Gilbert (2011). Paralympic Legacies, Commonground Publishing, Illinois, USA

Legg, D., Misener, L & Fay, T. (2019) Olympic and Paralympic Sport. In M. Li, G. Bravo, & E. MacIntosh (Eds.), International Sport Management. (2nd Ed). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Legg, D. (2018). Paralympic Games: History and Legacy of a Global Movement, Special Issue of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America on Para and Adapted Sports Medicine, Eds Drs. Y. A. Tuakli-Wosornu & W. Derman.

Gerard, S., Legg, D. & Zintz, T. (2019). The governance of the Paralympic Movement: An Institutional Perspective, In Winand, M. & Anagnostopolous, C., Chapter 12, Research Handbook on Sport Governance, Alger.


Selected Presentations

Legg, D. (2019). Sport for Persons with Disabilities: from Selection and Inclusion to Optimal Performance, Keynote Presentation at the Khorfakan International Conference for Persons with Disability and Adapted Physical Education, Sharjah, UAE.

Legg, D. (2019). The future of Paralympic Sport, Keynote Address at the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Symposium, University of Virginia.

Legg, D. (2018). The IPC and UN Creating a Better Future, Korean Paralympic Committee Forum, Gangneung, Korea.

Su Jung, K., Legg, D., Tajima, H. & Chappelet, J. (2017). The Conceptualisation of Medical and Health Legacies, 26th Japan Disability Sports Conference , Tokyo.

Legg, D., Panikowiak, A., & Higgs, C. (2016). Understanding the Para Sport Athlete Pathway: Focus on Participation, Presentation at the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport Conference, Santos, Brazil.


Relevant Community Service

President, International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity

Past President, Canadian Paralympic Committee

Board Member, Toronto 2015 Pan Parapan American Games

Leadership Team, Canadian Sport for Life

Consultant, Bidco for Calgary 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games


Link to professional website